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Turkish folk songs, Sufi stories Saturday

Turkish Mystic Sufi musician Latif Bolat will present music, poetry, Sufi mystic stories and images from the ancient land of Turkey at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sivananda Yoga Farm outside Grass Valley.

Latif Bolat plays Turkish Folk Music and devotional Sufi songs, which are called Ilahi and Nefes, from the Anatolian peninsula. The lyrics of Ilahis or Nefeses are taken largely from the great mystic poets Yunus Emre, Niyazi Misri and many other ancient troubadours of Turkey.

The program also includes sacred ballads composed by Latif Bolat. Throughout the program, devotional poetry will be recited from 13th century Sufi poets Yunus Emre and Rumi, and images of Turkish people and scenery will be reflected on a screen. One of the most well known Turkish musicians in the U.S., Bolat possesses a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi devotional songs and Turkish Folk music to classical pieces. His mesmerizing performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instrumentation, such as the baglama (long necked lute), and he is often accompanied by other Turkish traditional instruments, such as oud, bendir and ney flute.

Tickets are $15. For information, go to www.sivanandayogafarm.org. Sivananda Yoga Farm is located at 14651 Ballantree, Grass Valley.


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